Mark【Senior Teacher】


  • MarkGardner
名前は? Mark Gardner
出身は? イギリス
いつからシェーンで? 2007年9月

Where are you from?

I'm from Brize Norton, a village in the Cotswolds in the UK. The Cotswolds have a reputation for being quiet but where I'm from there is an air base and every day is filled with the sound of jet engines. I loved growing up there.


Why did you come to Japan?

I became interested in Japan after studying the Meiji Period at university. The country seemed so different to the UK that I wanted to see it for myself and to know why it's so fascinating to many Westerners. I had worked in China and Poland before coming to Japan, and the differences I saw in those places only made me want to explore Japan even more. Having lived here now for 11 years and married into a Japanese family I'm still finding things to explore. I may never be able to say“I know Japan”but it will be fun to keep exploring.


What's great about being a Senior Teacher?

I enjoy assisting newer teachers in finding their feet in the school and helping them get settled with ideas for activities and games, imparting my knowledge to help them should they need it.

I also enjoy coordinating with the Japanese staff, to provide a link with the teachers and to assist in helping the school to function smoothly. I believe that the Senior Teacher is vital in this role as the Japanese staff have a dedicated teacher they can talk to at any time without hesitation about any issues.



What's your personal target for your school?

I wish to keep students satisfied with their lessons and learning experiences at my School and to give them the motivation to keep learning with us. Importantly too I want the school to be a place teachers and staff feel happy to work at, where they feel they are valued and contribute towards the overall success and health of the school.